Harlem Globetrotters Day

Harlem Globetrotters Day is a holiday observed annually on January 7th, celebrating one of the greatest American exhibition basketball teams in the U.S. and the world.

This team was created in 1926 and has since gone on to entertain millions of people. For anyone who isn’t familiar with them, this team combines natural athleticism with comedy and theatrics to create a stunning spectacle of a show.

It’s no wonder someone was insightful enough to give them their own holiday so that we all can show them the love and appreciation they deserve. The Harlem Globetrotters are truly an American entertainment institution.

The History of Harlem Globetrotters Day

The Globetrotters began on Chicago’s South Side in 1926 and were originally known as the Savoy Big Five. In 1928, several players left the team due to a dispute, and those players formed a team called the Globe Trotters.

By 1929, the team’s name had been changed to the New York Harlem Globetrotters. This name was chosen because Harlem was seen as the center of African-American culture, and the name Globetrotter suggested the team played in international venues.

Every year, the Globetrotters participated in the World Professional Basketball Tournament, and in 1940, they won it. In 1948, the Globetrotters gained national attention when they defeated one of the best white basketball teams in the U.S., the Minneapolis Lakers. Since then, they have managed to draw huge crowds and the team is the most well-known exhibition basketball team in the U.S.

Unfortunately, at this time, we simply can’t find out who invented Harlem Globetrotters Day. It could have been literally anyone. We’re also unsure of exactly when this holiday was created, although we suspect it was sometime in the past few years. We’ll continue to research this holiday, though, and will update this space if we find out anything new.

Some Quick Facts About the Harlem Globetrotters

When we research a holiday, we leave no stone unturned. We research extensively and try to find out everything we can about the subject of a holiday so that we can share it with our faithful readers. That’s why we’re going to leave everyone with the following facts about the Harlem Globetrotters. Enjoy.

  • Abe Saperstein gave them their name.
  • In the early years, the Globetrotters played serious basketball.
  • Wilt Chamberlain began his professional career with the team.

Observing Harlem Globetrotters Day

This holiday can be observed simply by learning more about the team, watching some of their videos, or buying and wearing their merchandise. People can also spread the news about this holiday using the hashtag #HarlemGlobetrottersDay on their social media feeds.

When is it?
This year (2024)
January 7 Sunday
Next year (2025)
January 7 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
January 7 Saturday